Bal Keshav Thackeray or Balasaheb Thackeray is one unique political leader loved and hated in equal measures in the entire Maharashtra state history. One of the most controversial figures of the 70s till the 90s, this fierce leader was the founder of the extreme right-wing party Shiv Sena. Throughout his life, Thackeray enjoyed huge loyalty and unending support from his dedicated followers and party members. He was known to have an extremely strong, deep and indirect control on the workings of the Maharashtra government. His followers and fans often addressed him as a “Lion”. Bal Thackeray passed away on 17 November 2012 and Mumbai came to a virtual halt. Almost 1.5 million people attended his funeral at Shivaji Park which shows the amount of love and respect he commanded. Below are some of the important events and facts from his extraordinary life.